Safety Tips

May 30, 2022"

Safety Tips For Using a Space Heater

During the months of December, January, and February, half of all home heating fires occur – usually when electric heaters are placed too close to curtains, bedding, or sofas. NFPA and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers share these safety tips:


  • It is important to place the heater on a hard, level, and nonflammable surface. Floor-based appliances should not be placed on tables.
  • Never put a space heater in a child’s room, and create a 3-foot zone around it.
  • Place the space heater at least 3 feet away from bedding, curtains, and furniture that could catch fire. It may be necessary to place a taller heater even further away.
  • Heaters should not be used near paint, gas cans, or matches in a workshop or garage.
  • If you’re leaving the room or going to sleep, turn it off.
  • When the heater is not in use, remove the plug from the outlet. If the cord is frayed or worn, don’t use the heater.
  • When a heater is plugged into the same outlet as another electrical device or extension cord, it can overheat.
  • Ensure that all smoke alarms in your home are working, and test them on a regular basis


By following these safety tips, you can enjoy the warmth of a space heater without worrying about the risk of accidents.

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